Here are instructions to make an origami envelope; simple to fold yet complex
enough to self-seal. It is possible to write on one side of the page before folding up,
addressing and adding a stamp to the outside.
*Do check with your mail carrier before trusting to the vagaries of the postal service!
www.paperphilia.co.uk/paperlove A rectangle of paper with roughly the same proportions as an A4 paper or
American Standard Letter. For the step-by-step photographs I used a page from an
old book but you can use any paper you like. Just think about what you would love to
see on an envelope!
Scissors (only if you are cutting your paper out of a book or larger sheet)
A bone folder
A pen or pencil to write your letter with
Some love to fold up
www.paperphilia.co.uk/paperlove 1. Fold in half lengthways (also known as the ‘hot dog’, as opposed to the
‘hamburger’ when you fold it the other way!)
2. Open out
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4. Bring the top right hand corner down to align with the centre crease
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in to the centre line
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7. Fold the top edge down to the centre crease
8. Fold the left and right hand triangles in. They should each nestle snugly into the
exact right space.
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9. Flip the paper over to the plainest side
10. Fold the left-hand end in, just under a third
Here’s a view from the side, mostly because I love the shadow and light of it…
www.paperphilia.co.uk/paperlove 11. Bring the right-hand end in to meet the other crease
12. The right-hand end neatly slides under the two corner triangles to neatly
complete the envelope
…I said ‘neatly’ not ‘easily’….take your time to coax the square end in between the
sides, as far in as possible
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When you are ready to send it you could whitewash one side of the printed paper in
order to write on it, then add a sticker to the outside to make room for the address of
your lucky recipient.
And don’t you think that the triangle which you tug to open is just crying out for a
heart shape to be added?
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